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Originally posted by Fuzzyone
After reading the Wired article I can only conclude that I am going to have to wait for the release of the cables.
I'm sure there is some very interesting information in them, but what it might actually be is anyone's guess.
From the tone of the conversation in the article two things are abundantly clear:
1. Manning is crazy as squirrel #. This has no bearing on the quality of factuality of his information, it's just, in my opinion, a fact. I worked 35F in the Army years ago during the Gulf War, etc... In that time the only people I saw reassigned for "adjustment disorders" were those who either took the "James Bond" stuff too far or were just naturally unstable and unfit for the sensitive nature of the duty.
You have to remember this is a non combat position. Soldiers in combat are reassigned for adjustive disorders fairly frequently. In these cases this is a nice way of taking some young men who have seen too much and moving them somewhere they can get their heads back together without damaging their careers. But 35F? What's Manning have trouble adjusting to? Powdered coffee creamer instead of half and half?
2. Manning does not know what is in the cables. First, there are a quarter of a million of them. Just no way to read them all. Second, in Manning's cryptic replies to the content of the cables, his responses strike me that he was moved for their release more out of his general motivations about the war, what he has experienced in the army, course of society, etc... rather than their actual content.
Let's say be found a cable that said the US was going to attack Iran in October. Manning would have told Lamo, "Hey, we're already in one bad war and they are trying to get us into another, people have to know," or whatever. There would have been a specific reference point of information that would have motivated him to make his information public. Instead, we get an explanation that sounds like something out of a Walter Mitty story. (See point 1.)
Again, I am not dismissing the information or its importance. I am only highlighting the fact that I do not think we can draw any conclusions as to their content from this article.
I've made this point several times already but people in that camp don't care. some only want truth when it suits them
Originally posted by okbmd
reply to post by HunkaHunka
" ...in the process put the lives of many many American citizens at risk. "
Unless you know what was in those cables , how can you make the above statement ?
With what has been presented thus far , I'm inclined to believe that Manning thinks we are all at risk by NOT knowing the contents of those cables .